What is Amazon Merch – Should You Get Involved
This is a buzz that’s been growing for a couple of years now and I don’t think it’s going to slow down anytime soon. Everyone is asking about it and it’s all over YouTube. Luckily for me, I got in sooner than later, but it’s not too late to join. At least; not at the moment.
That last thing I said about “not at the moment” is kind of tricky because, Amazon has been known to put a freeze on their invitation to open new merch accounts. They do this periodically but I’m not quite sure of the reason. Sometimes it happens during seasonal peaks, like Christmas (which sucks for new applicants). It even affected me one year, I wasn’t able to upload tee shirt designs for a short period. Well the system would actually let me go through the upload process but then my design would be stuck in processing for a while.
Before I get too far off topic, let me try to stick to the point here. So, you’re wondering what is Amazon Merch?
This is a platform that allows you to upload your design images to their merchandise to receive royalties on every sale that is made for that product. We’re talking lifetime sales! For instance, I can upload my design to their tee shirt template, write my title and description, then hit submit. Their team will analyze my design, title and description to make sure there aren’t any infringement violations… and whola!
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that you also set the price. The system automatically calculates what your royalties will be if that particular shirt sells. Hmm…by the way, this is totally free! No subscription fees, no upload fees, no expiration fees.
You Don’t Have to be a Graphic Designer
This is 100% free to join (unless things change by the time you read this). If your looking for an opportunity to start making money from home, this might be an option for you. Bet I already know what you’re thinking… “I’m not a graphic designer blah, blah, blah”.
Don’t let Mr. Fear dig up excuses. There are a few ways to get around this. When I first joined, I had no clue what I was doing. As a matter of fact, I sat in limbo for about a year after being accepted and approved for uploads. Literally did nothing with my account for about twelve or thirteen months before I put up my first design.
I really don’t want you to wait around like I did. I didn’t know what to do next. There weren’t many video tutorials at the time and I kept procrastinating because I was also working full-time then. Then I came across a Facebook group that was sharing their experience on Amazon Merch. Honestly, I felt kind of (stupid) for not acting on this gold mine that was at my finger tips.
I was reading about stories of other people that were waiting for months to get approved, and here I was; already approved but twiddling my thumbs into nothing. I also read stories about people uploading words or quotes instead of actual graphics. Phrases like “Keep Calm Drink Coffee”, or “I Love Tacos”.
I was like “REALLY!”
This is when I started digging for resources, kind of like what your doing now. I learned about a website called Fiverr.
Now, you might be asking yourself, “what is Fiverr?” Yes it’s spelled correctly (with two r’s). This is a worldwide network of freelancers on an online marketplace. It gives freelancers across the globe an opportunity to offer their services (gigs) worldwide, bulldozing demographic barriers.
I was a little iffy at first because I tend to think everything online is a scam but I’m getting over that. I mean duh…I’m talking to you right now and I’m not a scam. Anyway, I browsed and researched freelancers in the graphic design category. Oh, and as far as research– I’m really only talking about reading their reviews.
I also filtered services with my budget as a guide. For instance, if I only wanted to risk $25, then I searched for gigs in that price range. I found someone that was already familiar with Amazon Merch’s tee shirt templates and they offered five designs with two color patterns (you’ll want a design that looks good on both light and dark shirts).
This service also included titles, descriptions and keywords. I paid $25 using PayPal. Once you pay, they’re on the clock! Fiverr tracks their time for you so that you know when to expect your delivery. They tell you up front if they can get this done in 24 hours, 3 days, 7 days or whatever is listed on their gig.
If your not happy with your delivery, they will usually offer revisions. This is also already outlined on their gig, so you know everything that you’re paying for up front.
To this day, I am still selling merch with his designs on them!
What is Merch
There are some great audio books about Merch by Amazon. These are great starting points as well. One popular book describes how you can make $3,000 a month and up. It has very good details on how to start and even gives away some secret insights that most sellers don’t want you to know about.
You can find the book here; by Dale Strong– Merch by Amazon: Make $10,000 Per Month in 90 Days or Less, Passive Income Blueprint to Make Money on Amazon. You can also use the link below to claim it as one of your two free audiobooks.
In the beginning, Amazon Merch only included t-shirts, (two different style of t-shirts at the time). As a matter of fact; when I started with them, this was the only thing they had. They were still new to this as well. Then they added long-sleeve t-shirts. They didn’t make it available to everyone at the same time. It was released on a rolling basis. I was ecstatic when my account was updated to include long-sleeve shirts.
After that, they rolled out hoodies. Well actually, it may have been sweatshirts. In any case– I realized that this thing was really growing. Afterwards, came pop sockets. These cute little things pop right on the back of your phone or tabet to use as a grip. Here is an example, in case your not familiar with them.
Basically, I can use my very first design that I purchased on fiverr (only $25), and upload it to all the merch offered by Amazon.
But, Are They Still Growing
FYI… they are still growing. Besides them increasing their merch, which they will probably keep adding to their list, they’ve also expanded there marketplace. They have enabled accounts to sell, not only in the United States, but also in the United Kingdom and Germany.
That means, I can use that same design, upload it to several products and in multiple countries.
Let’s go over this one more time. Here is how one design can equate to several products. We’ll put it on:
- front-side of light t-shirt
- back-side of light t-shirt
- front-side of dark t-shirt
- back-side of dark t-shirt
- front or of long-sleeve t-shirt (color choice is limited)
- back of long-sleeve t-shirt
- front of sweatshirt (color choice is limited)
- back of sweatshirt
- front of hoodie (color choice is limited)
- back of hoodie
- pop socket
Then upload these to three different countries. Remember, everything is free (unless you choose to hire a graphic designer). You have several products from one design, sent to multiple countries.
This article was only meant to give you a brief run down on what merch by Amazon is. There is a lot of information out there that will give you deeper details. I am also working on an ebook that will walk you through the process, step-by-step. The thing about Amazon Merch is that all new approved accounts are only enabled to upload ten designs.
You have to prove that your designs sell and that you don’t violate policy. But you’ll move up pretty quickly with the right knowledge ahead of time. Don’t risk getting shut down like some people have been.
Joining Merch by Amazon is free (as of the date this article is written). So there are no risks involved! Remember, one graphic design gives you multiple products. Then, sit back and enjoy the royalties!
~ Happy Venturing!